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iPhone logbooks

Rob Conway ST5
Ben Avery CT2

There are a number of options to log your data to suit every taste.  In general the feedback is that dedicated apps offer more efficient and easier data entry than non-dedicated databases, but these incur a fee.  Non dedicated apps may be free but are more clunky.  A word of warning, when picking a logbook remember that your data will most likely follow you throughout your career as an anaesthetist. Therefore pick an app that allows you to export your data in a usable format (ie a file that can be read on Microsoft excel like a CSV file not something like a backup or sqlite file).  This unfortunately happened with iGaslog users and many people lost all their data, so be careful.  

 iPhone  AndroidWebAutomatic cloud
back up 
 Offline data
entry
RCOA
compliant report 
Export to CSV Cost (£) 
Medberry Yes Planned Planned Yes Yes Yes Planned Free* 
Online AnaesthesiaYes  YesYes YesNo Yes Yes £3 pm 
My CasebookYes No No No Yes Yes No £1.49 pm
£7.99 pa 
RCOA logbookYes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Free 
Log 4ASNo Yes No No Yes Yes Yes £14.99 
Subjective effectNoYes No No Yes Yes Yes Free 
Universal LogbookYesNoNoNoYesYesYes £3.99

* The developers will charge a fee when all planned features are in place.

Medberry Med Gas Log

Designed by a trainee. A quick and simple logbook. Easy data entry and compliant RCoA reports.  Enhanced regional, PHEM and critical care sections.  Developers are working on an export feature for data portability. There are plans for android and web based applications. Data stored seamlessly on the cloud.  

iTunes rating (05/15) 4.5/5

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Online Anaesthesia

Web based logbook with apps for iPhone, android and windows phones. Requires internet connection to use. Has specialist sections for obstetrics, critical care and pain. A bit a bit fiddly to use. Reliable and users happy.

iTunes rating (05/15) 2/5

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My Casebook

Designed by a trainee, requires iPhone iOS 8 and above. Mixed reviews on release. Updates appear to have fixed glitches. Data entry requires more button presses than other apps but is customizable and has a report feature.  No useful export feature to date. Backups over home wifi network.

iTunes rating (05/15) 3/5

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RCoA logbook

Designed 20 years ago and updated intermittently, it has stood the test of time. Uses filemaker as a database backend, which you need to download and is free. Not the simplest data entry. Can be time consuming. Does the job and produces reports. Feels dated.

No iTunes rating

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iGaslog

The original iphone logbook app. Unfortunately it was no longer supported by iOS 8 which left a lot of people out of joint. This is because they had not backed up their data, and if  they did it was not available in a usable format. Medberry (www.medberry.co.uk) are currently offering a conversion service.


Universal Logbook

A universal logbook, not just for anaesthesia. Customisable. Enhanced logbook summaries. iCloud enabled so backups over home wifi network. Plugins available for anaesthesia and fully editable in app. Will import iGaslog csv files. Free Macintosh & PC desktop versions now available.

iTunes rating (05/15) 4.5/5

 
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Android

There are a number of options to log your data.  In general the feedback is that dedicated apps offer more efficient and easier data entry than non-dedicated databases, but incur a small fee.  Non dedicated apps may be free but are more clunky.  A word of warning, when picking a logbook remember that your data will most likely follow you throughout your career as an anaesthetist. Therefore pick an app that allows you to export your data in a usable format (ie a file that can be read on Microsoft excel like a CSV file not something like a backup or sqlite file).  This unfortunately happened with iGaslog users and many people lost all their data, so be careful.  

Log4AS

An easy to use paid application that allows for export to CSV and also generates customisable reports quickly. No auto backup but prompts you to save and can sync to email, Dropbox, and SD card. Price increase recently. Great reviews on the google store. 

Google store rating 4.2/5

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Subjective Effect Anaesthetic Logbook V2

A free to use anaesthetic logbook that requires download of memento database to use. Good interface and allows for export of CSV files. Online back up with the press of a button. Password protection and syncing to Google sheets nice additional features.


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Online Anaesthesia

Web based logbook with apps for iPhone, android and windows phones. Requires internet connection to use. Has specialist sections for obstetrics, critical care and pain. A bit a bit fiddly to use. Reliable and users happy.

iTunes rating (05/15) 2/5

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Other logbooks not specifically dedicated to anaesthesia but can be used

Handbase

A database app for most platforms. You can design your own logbook on it. Therefore very customizable. Reports are limited.

Cost - £7.99

No rating

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